The 'bible fanatic'


frere_emil_220David has been calling me the ‘bible fanatic’ since I started an adult study class at Taizé – interesting choice of words, considering David is a priest, and normally approves of such behavior.

The Taizé Freres, in any case, are thinking person’s Christians, and the class, led by Frere Emil, a Quebecois, has been much more intereting than I’d imagined. These sessions are more like those offered by theologians (Marcus Borg and John Kater come to mind) than the typical ‘bible study.’

Most of the people who come to Taizé are in the 17 to 24 age range: my adult class (age 40 and over) numbered about 50 when it commenced on Monday. Since then, spurred by the French holiday of Ascension, the numbers at Taizé have grown to more than 4,000, and my class to more than 300. The commentary is offered in French, German and English. We are split into small groups in the afternoon to further discuss the morning’s themes. Everyone is assigned a community service job: I am the morning infirmary driver…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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2 Responses to The 'bible fanatic'

  1. "The Spouse" aka the copywriter says:

    Remember the French don’t actually know what this Ascension thing is – other than it’s another holiday that often falls in May (in addition to VE Day and Labor Day!) Loved seeing a photo of Brother Emil.

  2. cg says:

    Any excuse for a 3-day (or 4-day) weekend…

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